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Can You Contract AIDS From Blood In Food

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Transmission

...tissue of a person living with HIV. It is important to understand however, that finding a small amount of HIV in a body fluid or tissue does not mean that HIV is transmitted by that body fluid or tissue. Only specific fluids (blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and breast milk) from an HIV-infected person can transmit HIV. These specific fluids must come in contact with a mucous membrane or damaged tissue or be directly injected into the...
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Do we contract disease the following way?

I got a forwarded email which said that a woman got AIDS because he ate some food which was cooked by the chef who had AIDS and had a cut in the finger which lead to the infected blood get into the food. That was the so called reason for the woman...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...No, HIV is not transmitted through food. Read more »

pre-chewed food + donation question PRE-CHEWED FOOD, HIV TRANSMISSION RISK, 2010)

Dear Doctor, I read the CDC article about exposure through pre chewed food for infants. Apparently HIV mothers/fathers passed it to their infant babies through chewing food for them. How is this possible? I understand that passing the virus while...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...unless you have unsafe sex with an HIV-positive waiter.As for soccer, also no risk, unless you manage to get fresh HIV-tainted blood into a fresh open wound or you have unsafe sex with a "positively charged" footballer during the game!Donation... Read more »

How to contract HIV (HIV TRANSMISSION BETWEEN TWO HIV NEGATIVES, 2009) (Obama Budget Would Kill Abstinence-Only Funding)

If a HIV - woman and a HIV - man have sexual intercourse while the woman is on her menstrual period, is there a possibility of contracting HIV just because she is on her period? even if both dont have HIV/AIDS?
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...are counseled not to breast-feed. HIV is not an easy virus to pass from one person to another. It is not transmitted through food or air (for instance, by coughing or sneezing). There has never been a case where a person was infected by a... Read more »

When working as a volunteer health care worker, is it possible I contracted the HIV virus?

Two summers ago I volunteered in a developing country. I work mostly in a clinic for men and women living with HIV and AIDS. I often had to change incontinent residents and their soiled bedsheets. I would also have to lift them up while another...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...swollen glands, tiring easily, losing weight, fever, or diarrhea. Different people have different symptoms. HIV is in people's blood, semen, vaginal fluid, and breast milk. The only way to tell if someone is infected with HIV is with a blood... Read more »
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Test Positive Aware Network

The Feminization of an Epidemic

...HIV-positive female dentist; 60% would not want an HIV-positive physician or childcare provider; and 50% would not want an HIV-positive food server. Only 14% of Americans polled felt that HIV-positive women should have children. This is less than... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Can Be Transmitted Through Pre-Chewed Food, Researchers Say

...but does occur among several racial and ethnic groups, according to a CDC study on infant feeding. The virus is transmitted in blood in the saliva of HIV-positive people who have inflammations or sores in their mouths through cuts associated with... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

... Lab Tests Are Important Tools The Basics Complete Blood Count (CBC) Blood Chemistry (Chemistry or Chem Screens) The Bottom Line Lab Tests Are Important Tools Having regular Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Listeria and HIV

...including the following: inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain; a condition called meningitis. This can lead to blood clots, strokes, seizures and brain damage. inflammation of the brain; a condition called encephalitis. This... Read more »
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my brother is HIV positive...i have some questions

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...touch anything that he touched because of it. I think that "ohh, maybe I can catch it from that". The other night, we ordered food....I wanted another chicken wing, and he took it out of the bag with his fork.....as much as I wanted it, I... Read more »

Help for the Worried Warts

Posted by JonCage, 2 Replies
...as free to have unprotected or casual sex. Medical and dental facilities have become far more careful about disease control. Blood supplies must be constantly screened. Police now wear gloves when searching certain suspects, as do food workers... Read more »

help me

Posted by concernedparent, 5 Replies
...either thinks that I should completely accept him because he is my brother or they think its disgusting. (because of how he contracted) Can someone please relate to this even a little thanks Read more »

A disease of sexual immorality

Posted by Anonymous, 9 Replies
...HIV There are stories of drug abuse, drunken frenzy bath house experiences and there are also stories of love and accidents, blood transfusions and much fewer stories about being born with HIV. The common thread I think we find in all of them... Read more »